The Benefits of Reflection and Feedback in Research
The Change Focus NYC Project launched this past summer and a group of young and adult researchers joined together to take on the research project and produce results that would aid in positive change across city agencies and various implementation levels. The research process remains intricate. There are many important factors that we must remain cognizant of as we analyze the data collected over the summer, review the codes and findings from our research, and package our findings so that our publications are useful to other change makers in the field.
Through this critical research process we also take time during our weekly sessions to reflect on our progress and provide feedback to support our work and maintain strong communication. There are many benefits to reflecting on our work and we find that reflecting on our work provides an opportunity to highlight the progress we are making, identify points of hope, new ideas, suggestions, and strengths that we are developing through the process. It’s also an opportunity to be honest and transparent. Providing feedback on our presentations and work while discussing it as a group helps us identify ways that we can improve, and ways in which we can ensure that the project remains aligned with our goals and true to the vision of the Intergenerational Change Initiative.